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Your First Fairy Garden

Posted on Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Ready for the newest trend in gardening? Here’s a hint: It involves fairies!

Fairy gardening is the hottest trend in gardening and is slowly taking over the craft stores. Fairy gardens are miniature gardens, set in a container, decorating to a theme. You can create an entire world for the fairies, allowing for as much creativity and imagination as desired. Fairy gardening is also great for the wintertime, if indoors, so you can garden all year round. It’s the perfect craft for a snowy day and can ease any winter gloom.

Children are given dolls and legos, allowing them to dream up ideas, storylines, and designs. Fairy gardening brings back the childhood imagination and wonder, and is attainable for any gardening skill level. Fairies have always been an alluring symbol of magic. Fairy gardens are an easy way to bring magic into the home or yard.

Mini versions of everyday things things are notoriously cute and whimsical. There are few things cuter than a teacup piglet. The Japanese have a long history of creating miniature gardens to promote zen and relaxation. The theory of the allure of miniature items lies in psychology. Miniature gardens are less intimidating and give a sense of control. It is something you create and make decisions for, that doesn’t change unless you want it to, which helps reduce anxiety. A small indoor container garden is also significantly more manageable than a large yard.

Step 1: Choose a theme
The theme helps set the tone for the garden. Do you want it to have a rustic feel or more of a modern feel? Do you want it to be set in the woodlands or at the beach? Once you decide what theme you want, it’ll be easier to pick the decorations, plants, and even the container.

Step 2: Choose a container
The container can be as big or small as you like. A fairy garden can be created in anything from an old shoe, large planter, or a removed drawer. If using real plants indoors, the container needs to be able to hold water and not leak.

Step 3: Choose a focal point
The focal point is a decoration starting point. Many times the focal point is the fairy’s home, possibly a teacup with a door or treehouse. The focal point can be a scene, such as a dinner setting, or a fountain or stream.
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Step 4: Decorate
Most craft stores now have entire sections dedicated to fairy gardening, as it has grown in popularity. You can find anything from tiny bridges, shovels, and farm animals, to seasonal decor. There are also great D.I.Y options, as many small items around the house and yard can be repurposed for the fairies. A big leaf can be a table spread or bedsheet, and acorn tops can be bowls or teacups. Because the containers are a smaller scale, you can go into a lot of detail with the decor.

When choosing plants, be mindful of the environment they will be living in. Many plants need sunlight and will not survive indoors. Try not to add too many plants as they can overshadow the rest of the decor. Varied plants of different heights, textures, and colors look really cool. Some plants will stay tiny, others may need to be trimmed back.

For fairy gardening, every detail is important and adds to the enchantment. Try to think about the fairies and the mischief they may get into when no one is looking. Show where they sleep or eat. Make pathways or a fountain for them to frolic in; it adds to the mystery and separates it from a terrarium Fairy gardening a fun hobby that allows for artistic expression and heaps of creativity. The options are limitless, it’s all up the the imagination. You can always make them bigger and add more realms or scenescapes. It’s also a great option for apartment dwellers, as they don’t need to be outside and can take up as little space as needed.

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